How Often Should I Clean My Curtains?
Curtains play an important role in your home. Curtains and drapes are more than
just a decoration in the home. Curtains provide privacy and regulate the
temperature in your home. When the weather is cold they help to hold heat in and
keep the cold out. In the warmer months curtains help to keep the heat out of
your home, and the cooler air inside. Taking care of your curtains will maintain
the temperature in your home. Keeping your curtains clean will aid in having a
The recommendation is that curtains should be washed every three to six months.
Curtains and drapes tend to trap things such as household odors and allergens.
There may not be any visible sign that your curtains or drapes are dirty. You
may not see anything like dirt on the curtain, but that does not mean they do
not need to be cleaned. A quick sniff test will tell you whether your curtains
need to be cleaned.
Your curtains will trap the dust, dust mites, and seasonal allergens brought in
by the wind, the people in your home, or by your household pet. Your dog can
carry in the outside environment and shake these allergens and dander onto your
For those in your home with asthma it is vital to clean curtains and drapes
regularly. Keeping the curtains clean can help to reduce the amount of asthma
attacks, and cut down on allergic reactions.
Mold and mildew are a hidden danger that lurk in your curtains. Mold and mildew
can lead to health issues such as respiratory problems. Insects and bugs may
also use the curtains and drapes in your home as a breeding ground and a perfect
place to lay their eggs.
Germs and bacteria can also accumulate in your curtains. Airing out the home and
washing your curtains on a regular basis will help reduce the risks associated
with germs and bacteria. Some types of bacteria found in homes are: Micrococcus,
Staphylococcus (Staph), Bacillus, and Pseudomonas. Keeping your curtains clean
will help diminish the bacteria in your home.
Different types of curtains will have different instructions on how to clean
them properly. Some may be dry clean only or hand wash only. Read the label
before starting the washing process.
Ways To Clean Your Curtains:
Check the label for special care instructions first.
Do a colorfast test using your detergent on an inconspicuous area of the curtain
Hand wash the drapes or curtains with a mild detergent, and hang to dry.
Machine wash on gentle in cool water.
Use a gentle spin cycle.
Dry on a no-heat setting.
How To Do A Colorfast Test:
Get a white wash cloth damp Rub the cloth on the inside seam of the curtain.If
any color comes off onto your cloth it is not colorfast safe, and the color will
run when you wash it.
For a weekly cleaning of your curtains and drapes you can gently shake them out.
You can also use a long handled duster to sweep the dust off the top of the
curtains before shaking them out. If you have a clothes line you may hang them
on the line, spray them with either Fabreze or a dry cleaning product. Leave
them to hang in the sun for an hour to refresh your curtains.
In between washing your curtains and drapes every three to six months you may
consider vacuuming your curtains and drapes. Use a long attachment and
upholstery brush on your vacuum to clean the dust and tiny particles from the
After vacuuming if they still are not as fresh and clean as you would like, try
using a fabric deodorizer like Febreeze on them. Follow the products
instructions. You may also use a power steamer to help remove the dirt and
Regularly wash your windows to keep them free from dust and allergens. Clean
windows will help to keep your curtains and drapes cleaner.
Not sure if machine washing your curtains is a safe idea? You can purchase dry
cleaning products to try at home. If time is an issue you can take your curtains
and drapes to the dry cleaner.
Once the curtains are clean and hung back up you are left with a clean scent,
less allergens, and can breathe easier.
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